Valentine 1 Gen 2: Hands-on First Look

Valentine Research has just started shipping the new Valentine One Gen 2 ($499). This is a huge update to the legendary Valentine One. The new V1 Gen 2 includes many hardware and software improvements.

Update May 2020: The new V1 has been out for two months and you can now read my in-depth Valentine 1 Gen2 review.

V1 Gen 2 detecting Ka ahead

VR is planning on officially announcing it on their website next week and detailing all of the changes, but pre-orders have started shipping this week. Here’s our first look at the brand new Valentine 1.

First up, here’s the unboxing and hands-on look at the new V1 Gen 2. It’s a 1 hr 40 min livestream and covers a TON of information.

Here’s a few of the highlights of the new V1 Gen 2:

  • All new underlying hardware platform
  • Longer range than the V1 Gen 1
  • Much better BSM filtering
  • Brand new LED display
  • Front knob is gone, replaced by a mute button and two volume buttons on top
  • Bluetooth is now integrated in the detector
  • No GPS

There’s a TON of testing to be done so stay tuned for updates as we learn more!

Handholding V1 Gen 2

Valentine 1 Gen 2

Read my complete V1 Gen2 review here.

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    • Tzah on March 6, 2020 at 10:30 am
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    I’m guessing the V1 gen2 will have much better range, somewhere equal or a little better than the Max 360c at least on 33.8 Ka.
    I wonder if the laser fales alerts has been fixed.

    • Frank A on March 6, 2020 at 2:47 pm
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    Just got off the phone with V1 sales. No trade in of newer units only units that can’t be upgraded!! I bought a new one anyway. I love the thing, what can I say.

    • Frank A on March 8, 2020 at 8:42 pm
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    Sold my old V1 in one day. I got more than double what they were offering for the older V1’s. They still have good value.

    • Anthony on March 9, 2020 at 7:43 am
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    How much is the V1 Gen 2?

    1. $499

    • Rick on March 9, 2020 at 5:42 pm
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    when can i buy this new model?

    • neil schenkel on March 9, 2020 at 6:48 pm
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    Does you know of the V1 apps
    Play thru Apple car play to the screen of your auto or only thru the phone

    • Neilschenkel on March 9, 2020 at 7:47 pm
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    Sorry do you know if the V1 apps play thru Apple car play

    1. Nope, Apple is super restrictive on which apps can integrate with CarPlay.

    • Anthony Leong on March 10, 2020 at 8:55 am
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    Can I buy one at Valentine 1 Gen 2 now? I don’t see it on their website.

    • Frank A on March 11, 2020 at 4:36 am
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    The web sight has been updated. Lots of new stuff & you can place an order now on line.

    • Steve Welch on March 11, 2020 at 8:09 am
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    I Frank I seen on Valentine 1 website you has a upgrade you send them your old V1 only the Radar no cords only the unit. They will take off $110.00 you have to type in your serial number then print out the form fill it out you keep one copie send the other copie in with the Radar unit. Plus $389.00.

    • Steve Welch on March 11, 2020 at 8:11 am
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    It said taking orders today I think you can best thing to do is call them.

    • Anthony Leong on March 11, 2020 at 8:34 am
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    Also, can I use the R7 and Valentine 1 Gen 2 together in the same car? Since the Valentine 1 Gen 2 doesn’t have GPS to locate all the speed and red light cams.

    1. Not simultaneously, no. You need to run only one detector at a time or else they will interfere and cause problems with one another. https://youtu.be/nxtBGUhwpBE

    • Mark Massow on March 14, 2020 at 3:55 am
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    Does the V1 Gen2 false on newer Mazda’s? I am looking to replace my R3. It constantly gives false alerts on K on my 2020 CX-5. I emailed Valentine and I have not received a response.

    1. Looks like things are much better with the V1 Gen2 in this regard, including if you drive a CX-5. https://www.rdforum.org/index.php?threads/97248/page-8#post-1401002

    • Tzah on March 14, 2020 at 4:10 am
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    Most fales alerts from Mazda’s on the V1 comes from laser bad filtering, when you turn off laser reception on the V1 it becomes quite vs Mazda’s.
    No change on the V1 Gen2 on laser.

    1. That applies to laser, certainly, but not the K band falses.

    • Tzah on March 14, 2020 at 8:39 am
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    True!!! That was my meaning.
    As far as for K falses it does seems to do the job much better.

    • David on March 18, 2020 at 5:13 am
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    On ebay?

    • Glen Thompson on March 23, 2020 at 11:43 am
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    Vortex, appreciate your vids I have learned so much from reading your posts and watching your videos. My question is will the mirror tap for the gen 1 work with the gen 2?

    • John on April 29, 2020 at 9:40 pm
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    I will be glad when you have tested thoroughly the Gen 2.

    • Aron Gylfi on May 7, 2020 at 10:05 am
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    Does the new gen 2 have MCRD reading? I have been looking online and quite frankly have gotten mixed responses in regards to that where as some say it picks up on it and others don’t. I live in Iceland and here they have really taken to planting speed camera cars all over the place and those things are ruthless when it comes to ticketing. I am a fan of V1 and have ordered the new gen 2 but was later informed that the new version may not be able to spot these cameras out for me and that I should go for a Uniden R7 instead. However the R7 does not appeal to me as much since for example it does not have Bluetooth and since I ride a motorcycle as well and transfer the detector between that and my car I want to be able to connect to my helmet speaker setup wireless.
    I would really like to be sure of what I am buying, but also want to thank you for all of your very informative videos on pretty much all questions I have had on either detectors or jammer related issues, keep up the good work.

    1. I’m not 100% sure yet, but it looks like it doesn’t. https://www.vortexradar.com/2020/05/valentine-1-gen2-review/#MRCD_MRCT For MRCD, I think your best bet is to get another detector with support for that.

    • Chris on May 20, 2020 at 2:46 pm
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    I just received my V1G2 today and I can’t wait to test this thing on the open road. One thing I noticed off the bat, I have it connected to a switched 12v, but I have to press the power button every time I start the vehicle. Is this the new norm for V1? Thanks I’m advance. -Chris

    1. Once the detector is powered on, it should be able to automatically power on/off on its own with the car. You shouldn’t have to manually turn it on every time.

    • Chris on May 21, 2020 at 12:26 pm
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    That’s what I figured. I tried the provided cigarette lighter and it does power up without pressing the button. It’s on a Blendmount Mirror Tap and it requires pressing the button. Blendmount support is looking for answers on that side. I appreciate the reply. I’m having great range down here in Texas with the V1G2.

    1. Sounds like it may be an issue of where you’ve tapped into. Can you probe around for another wire to connect power to for the MirrorTap? I’ve got my V1 running on a MirrorTap and it works just fine with the ignition. Maybe there’s something funky going on with the specific pin you’ve chosen to tap into? If all else fails, you can always run a traditional hardwire and run the cable around and down from your headliner.

    • Chris on May 21, 2020 at 12:37 pm
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    Yeah, that’s what I am figuring. The V1G1 powers up fine, the V1G2 must pull more power. V1Driver doesn’t show a dip in voltage and meter shows a steady voltage. Just a weird deal. I’ll have to do some checking and probing around this weekend. Thanks again.

    • Leo Rokon on May 30, 2020 at 3:03 pm
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    Does the Gen 2 function with the old Gen 1 concealed display?

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